Fire sprinklers are a good way to make sure that fires get put out as quickly as possible. Not only does the sprinkler system lessen the amount of damage that can happen to your house, they can significantly lessen your risk of dying in a fire. If you are considering getting a sprinkler system, there are some things that you need to know.
Smoke Alarms Need Help
A lot of people make sure that their houses have the right number of smoke alarms and then don't worry about anything else. Having smoke alarms in the recommended locations is a good thing. The alarm increases your chances of getting out of the fire quicker and gives you a chance to call the fire department before the fire gets too bad. However, those smoke alarms don't do anything at all to fight the fire. They are a passive system. Sprinkler systems are an active system, which means that if the system is triggered, it will actively do something to fight the fire. Smoke alarms and sprinkler systems are a good combo to fight a fire.
Not All Sprinklers Activate at Once
There are all kinds of movies and TV shows where you can see the whole sprinkler system going off at once and dumping water everywhere. That's not how a real world system works. Generally, the only sprinklers to activate are the ones that are triggered near the fire. If the fire spreads, then more sprinklers will active, but only one by one, not the whole system at once.
Sprinkler Systems Are Temperature Activated
A sprinkler system gets triggered when the surrounding temperature hits a certain level. That is generally somewhere between 135 and 165 degrees Fahrenheit. What that means in practical terms is that if you accidentally burn dinner, complete with smoke, and your fire alarms are triggered, the sprinkler systems aren't going to go off. Because the smoke alarms are heat triggered, you do want to avoid having items that could heat the area enough to trigger the system. That can include setting space heaters right under the sprinkler head, as well as putting incandescent lights right next to them. You probably don't want the alarm system to go off accidentally.
Getting a sprinkler system in your house can do a lot of things, which may even include saving money on your homeowner's insurance. But the most important thing the sprinkler system will do is give you and your family a better chance at surviving a fire.
To learn more about fire sprinklers, contact a company like Nor Cal Fire Protection.